I think lip lining is an important step in a makeup routine. It gives your lips a good definition and makes them look more polished than without. It also helps the lipstick to wear better (no bleeding/feathering) and stay on longer. I always complete this step when I wear dark lipstick and especially when I know I’ll be out for long hours. And today I have a review of my go-to lip liners to share with you. :)
I have tried lip liners from several brands but the Shiseido Smoothing Lip Pencil is one I always come back to. The formula is just right for my lips and all the shades in the lineup are so gorgeous and wearable. I have 3 colors in my collection so far: RD702 Anemone, RS303 Mauve, and PK304 Sakura.
Each color is coordinated with the color of the pencil and comes with a built-in mini brush made of natural bristles on the other end. While the brush is a little stiff (but not scratchy) to the touch, it surprisingly distributes the color really well and works great to soften the harsh line. And I’m thankful that it comes with its own protective cap! :)
Having a brush on one end makes the pencil a little longer than most pencils, though, so just a warning that these may not fit a small makeup bag. There is no sharpener included but they should fit any makeup pencil sharpener just fine.
So, what makes these my go-to lip pencils? The texture. It is a perfect balance of not being too soft and not too hard. It has just the right firmness and the ability to draw on the lips smoothly with no pulling or dragging, all while providing a rich, opaque color, and a completely matte finish without a hint of shine (oh, how I love my lip liner matte, matte, matte!).
I also love the fact that it covers the discoloration on my lips so well and prevents my natural lip color from coming through, which is great for when I want to wear a really light lip color.
And unlike most lip liners, these are not drying at all. Normally with other liners, I tend to just line the edge of the lip line, but with these, I can do that and fill in my entire lips without the slightest feeling of dryness. No dry or flaky areas are emphasized, either.
These certainly do not have the creamiest formula of lip liners I’ve tried but that is also what I like about them. It doesn’t interfere with my lipstick, provides a smudge-free finish, and acts as a good base for the lipstick to adhere to. The ultra rich pigment seems to also stay in place and feel comfortable all day, hour after hour, so it definitely earns another point in the longevity department.
Of all the 3 shades I have, my favorite has to be RD702 Anemone which translates to a slightly cool-toned, pinky nude on my lips. I feel that it is the perfect base color that somehow compliments any lipstick I put on top without tweaking the actual color of the lipstick. It seems to brighten and enhance the color intensity of the lipstick that I otherwise would never be able to achieve on my pigmented lips. It is simply the perfect, perfect pastel pink for me that I would literally cry if Shiseido ever discontinued it! :)
RS303 Mauve is my second favorite. This color is great to use on a lazy (or fresh-faced makeup) day. I can just wear this, top with a clear gloss, and I’m good to go. It is the right pink with enough mauve in it that doesn’t wash me out and it’s just so daytime appropriate.
I really think that Shiseido Smoothing Lip Pencil is worth checking out especially if lip lining is a mandatory step in your makeup routine. The formula is so unique and unlike anything I’ve tried and I believe it will end up becoming your favorite, too. It is available in 10 striking shades, ranging from nudes, pinks, corals, to reds so there should be at least one that will compliment your favorite lipstick. My suggestion would be to start off with RD702 Anemone since it’s such a basic yet beautiful color that would go well with any lip color you choose to pair it with.
Do you line your lips? What’s your favorite liner? :)
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Those pencils look yummy also. :)
Oh wow, thank you so so much for your kind comment! It means a lot to me and it literally made my day! Can I just give you a super big bear hug right now?? :D
And I feel so honored to be on your list of daily read blogs! I had to read your comment twice just to make sure I didn’t read it wrong! Haha.
Now I just wish my English was half as good as my photos, lol. Hopefully it will improve over time!
Thank you so much once again and have a super awesome day, Ellen! <3
Dear Ellen, since the Lipliners are out of stock now I am quite unhappy and wanted to know if you know of any dupes? Especially the 702 Anemone is my all time favourite. MAC dupes prefered :) Many thanks :)
Hey Jaa, thanks for the beautiful pictures and detailed review! I own a couple of lip liners and I very rarely use them (I prefer to find lipsticks that don’t move out of my lip lines haha). I keep thinking I should try the transparent one from Dior though. I’d love to find one single lip liner that works for EVERYTHING in my lipstick wardrobe.
Oh I think you should stop thinking and just buy it! Ha ha! I just took a look at Dior’s website and it is GORGEOUS! I’d really love to read your review on it, so buy it buy it, Sunny!
I’m such a bad influence! LOL!
for me you are the queeeeennnn of taking pictures
how to explain dear ?
do you understand what i mean ?
if there is any contest you will pass with flying colors without a doubt :d
i can buy stuff blindly seeing at your pictures :D
Ha ha thank you so much, Rashmi! So nice of you to say! :)
So pretty. I like that they are pretty enough to wear alone. You could just add some clear gloss and go!
Definitely! I really do love them. Thanks for stopping by, Shan! :)
Do you think Anemone will work with a red lipstick?
Hmm, I think it would tone down the red color. I’d use a red lip liner when I’m wearing a red lippie. :)
Which lipstick color is made for rd702 anemone? I mean which shiseido lipstick? thanks